Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/16/18 7:51am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (back) is expected to play deep into the first half of the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Brady's status as a top-flight QB1 hasn't changed.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 8/16/18 12:21pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has started contract extension talks with the Patriots, but the two sides are a bit too far apart at this time, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hogan will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, so the team probably will try to sign him to an extension. Hogan will be a focal point in the passing game this season especially in the first four weeks of the season. He can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver in most leagues.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/16/18 5:36pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) is dealing with a minor injury but could have played in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 16, if it was a regular season game, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Burkhead probably will return to the field in the near future as long as he does not suffer any setbacks. He will be part of a committee at running back this season and may lead the team in carries. He can be considered a No. 2 running back or flex option in most leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/16/18 7:00pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 19 of his 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: It was a bit of a surprise to see Brady play so much, but it was probably a statement on the part of the Patriots after how last year's Super Bowl ended. Regardless, Brady looks locked and loaded for another year of QB1 production.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 8/16/18 7:26pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan caught five passes on seven targets for 25 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Hogan was on the receiving end of a Tom Brady touchdown pass, and given the current state of New England's receiving corps, Hogan has legitimate WR2 potential.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/16/18 10:40pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is reportedly dealing with a slight tear in his knee, but it has been deemed a minor injury and something he will be able to play through, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: At least now we have an answer to what the 'undisclosed' injury is that has sidelined Burkhead recently. Because it's the preseason, the Patriots have absolutely no reason to push things with the running back who is considered the current favorite to lead the backfield and touches. While a tear of any kind in a running back's knee cannot be considered a good thing, the fact he has been cleared to play means owners can probably continue to draft him as a RB3 this month.
Eric Decker - WRPosted 8/14/18 6:36am ET
New England Patriots WR Eric Decker dropped the first pass QB Tom Brady threw him last week, dropped two more Sunday, Aug. 12, and three more Monday, Aug. 13. After his drops, Decker appeared to run the wrong route when Brady first targeted him in 11-on-11s. He ended practice with four catches in a row, however.
Huddle Up: The good news is that Decker has a gaping opening to a starting spot at receiver due to suspension and injuries. The bad news, though, is that these are things that could linger in Brady's mind when it's crunch time. Decker did have a long layoff, though, and he's still worth pursuing in the later rounds.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 8/13/18 8:56am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Michel is close to the 10-day window he was given to return. Look for him to be an RB3 or RB4 in fantasy if his knee holds up.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/13/18 8:54am ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Burkhead figures to lead the backfield committee and is a low-end RB2 or a high-end RB3. So keep tabs on the situation.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/12/18 6:49pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (back) expanded his workload during practice Sunday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Brady sat out the first preseason game, but the back injury was never considered serious. The cast around him may change, but Brady remains one of the safest bets to produce QB1 numbers.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/9/18 11:07pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (back) did not play Thursday, Aug. 9, because of a sore back.
Huddle Up: Brady hadn't played in a preseason opener since 2015 so he might not have played anyway, but it explains Brady's scaled back work in practice recently. Still, it's nothing to worry about long term.
Ralph Webb - RBPosted 8/9/18 11:29pm ET
New England Patriots RB Ralph Webb gained 46 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Aug. 9. He also added a pair of two-point conversions.
Huddle Up: Head coach Bill Belichick was reportedly so impressed he called Webb up in front of the team to congratulate him. The numbers still don't favor Webb, but if there's a coach out there that'll cut a veteran to keep an unknown it's Belichick.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 8/9/18 11:17pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill carried 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown on Thursday, Aug. 9, against the Washington Redskins. Hill added two receptions for 14 yards.
Huddle Up: With RB locks Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White not playing, Hill looked like the best offensive player on the field Thursday night. He looked slimmed down and yet still packed ample physicality, comfortably outplaying Mike Gillislee in the process. It's a crowded RB group in New England, but it'd be a mistake to dismiss Hill's potential completely.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/8/18 2:51pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) headed to the team's lower field at practice Wednesday, Aug. 8, a field usually reserved for those rehabbing injuries.
Huddle Up: Burkhead has been a full participant so far during training camp, but he might be dealing with some type of nagging injury. Barring any setbacks, he has the chance to open as the team's No. 1 option in the backfield. However, with James White, Jeremy Hill and rookie Sony Michel, among others, he should still be viewed as more of a low-end RB2 or flex player in most leagues at this point.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/5/18 12:46pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead appeared ahead of Sony Michel on the team's first depth chart release Sunday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: It's unclear if Michel's knee injury basically guaranteed Burkhead's placement on the first team or if his veteran status did the trick. Either way, Burkhead was already expected to play an important role in the offense this season and is the favorite for goal line work. Expect his ADP to skyrocket in the coming weeks, as he is very likely to be a serviceable flex option at worst even when Michel returns.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 8/5/18 4:02pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has been working out as a punt returner during early part of training camp. Burkhead has not returned a punt since college.
Huddle Up: Burkhead is in line to be the starting running back for the Patriots, so he probably will not be the top option to return punts. He likely will be part of a committee this season but can still be at least a No. 3 running back in all leagues because of his ability to run and catch the ball.
Eric Decker - WRPosted 8/5/18 6:17pm ET
New England Patriots WR Eric Decker and WR Malcolm Mitchell are both listed as the backups to WR Julian Edelman on the first depth chart released Sunday. Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: With Edelman set to serve a suspension to open the year and Mitchell recovering from an injury, Decker could find himself starting in Week 1. With a history of delivering in the red zone, Decker is well worth a flier in the later rounds.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 8/4/18 11:32am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has missed a few practices because of a knee injury, but it is considered minor, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Michel probably will be back on the field in the near future, so owners should not be worried. He is expected to be part of a committee at running back this season and should be involved in the running and passing game. He has a chance to be a No. 3 receiver in some fantasy leagues.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 8/4/18 1:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) will need to undergo a procedure on his knee that is expected to keep him sidelined for the preseason and possibly into the regular season, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see when Michel will undergo the procedure and how long the Patriots expect him to miss. He is expected to be a solid contributor on offense this season and could still be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back despite the injury.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 8/4/18 1:40pm ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) had fluid drained from his knee and will be sidelined for at least 10 days. People close to the situation do not appear to be concerned about Michel's availability for the regular season.
Huddle Up: Michel will miss at least part of the preseason, but there are questions about his availability for Week 1. Michel can be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back in all leagues if he is ready for the opener and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/3/18 6:33pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) said he doesn't have his 'football legs' yet and isn't in the best shape following practice Friday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Coming off a knee injury and scheduled to serve a four-game suspension to start the year, Edelman won't pay immediate dividends. However, he should be a strong WR3 in PPR formats when he does return. If he slips into WR4 territory, he is worth grabbing.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 8/1/18 6:58am ET
New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Matthews is worth monitoring for a late-round flier because he still has the potential to be a WR3 in fantasy.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 8/1/18 8:02am ET
Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) has a hamstring injury that is deemed to be significant, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ugh. Matthews' fantasy value continues to act like a fish out of water. At this point, he's a WR5 without a lot of pizzazz.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 8/1/18 9:05am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (undisclosed) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, with an undisclosed injury. He wasn't limping, and it's unclear what ailed him.
Huddle Up: Michel is expected to be an RB3 in fantasy, and it's worth monitoring what is going on.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 8/1/18 9:56am ET
New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) was released Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Stick a fork in his fantasy value for now, but don't completely write him off. He could heal up and help someone later in the year. The Pats have been pursuing Eric Decker, and he could be the benefactor here.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 8/1/18 2:43pm ET
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots placed WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Matthews is on a one-year deal, so if he can return before the end of the season the team would do an injury settlement so he can sign elsewhere. Either way, his fantasy appeal is shot for 2018.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 8/1/18 6:56pm ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews was officially released Wednesday, Aug. 1. The team also re-signed free-agent FB Henry Poggi. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Matthews could find a new team once he recovers from his injury but probably should be avoided in fantasy leagues until he plays in a game or two.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 7/29/18 3:44pm ET
New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews (hamstring) left practice early Sunday, July 29, because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Owners should monitor the situation to see if Matthews will have to miss any games. He has a chance to have a solid role in the passing game with Julian Edelman out for the first four games of the season. Matthews could be a late-round option in deeper leagues depending on his role.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 7/22/18 6:57am ET
The New England Patriots agreed to terms with RB Sony Michel on a four-year contract Sunday, July 22, with an option for a fifth year, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Michel will share playing time in the New England backfield with several other players but should receive enough touches to be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in most fantasy leagues. He has added value in keeper and dynasty formats.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/21/18 10:41am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady indicated that he plans to report to training camp early.
Huddle Up: Brady skipped most of the workouts this offseason but will be ready when training camp begins. He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL despite his age and will be a No. 1 quarterback in all standard leagues.
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